My First Nutcracker Design Inspirations

To celebrate the opening weekend of performances of My First Nutcracker, we asked some members of the creative team what inspired their designs for the show! See what they had to say...
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We asked some of the creative team:

What Inspired Your My First Nutcracker Design?

I watched videos of the Nutcracker and read about female explorers in history. This helped me find a balance between the classical work and our Clara-Marie’s adventurous spirit.

Melissa Riker

Director and Choreographer, My First Nutcracker

I love the distinctly different places that the prince and clara explore, and we try to shape the environment to reflect their unique characteristics!
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Carolyn Wong

Lighting Designer, My First Nutcracker

Snowflakes, flowers, dew, candy, and imagination!

Annie Simon

Costume Designer, My First Nutcracker

For this set design I took inspiration from watercolors, as well as classic arts and crafts. I wanted the set to feel painterly, as if it was coming out of Clara Marie’s imagination.

Theron Wineinger

Scenic Designer, My First Nutcracker

My First Nutcracker

Adapted for young audiences by Barbara Zinn Krieger and directed and choreographed by Melissa Riker, NYCCT’s hit dance theater production returns to Theatre Row this holiday season!

My First Nutcracker celebrates and explores imagination, family, tradition, and female empowerment.

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